November 2015 Poetry Competition results.
1st Roger Elkin Pear Blossom
2nd Tim Harvey The Lonsdale Hundred
3rd Vicki Morley Helix aspersa
4th Catherine Foster The Wind in the Calais Djangel
5th Dominic James In Istanbul
Swollen buds at stem-tip
with skin-thin husks,
and hints of mint-green leaf,
furredbeneath, tacky from sap
that lacquers your hands.
Urgent their burgeoning
in translucent whites, milk-bright,
but tinged with pink stigmata
their faces leaning towards light,
mouths agapein five-petalled keenings:
so many, so sudden.
And their scent, hanging
over gardens: a headiness
ina pall that summons fruitflies
and beesto knead stamen
and anthers, easing out pollen
with their Spring abandon.
Then a hush of release,
like a gasping after desire
and a wedding-confetti petal-fall
across orchard lawns
in premonitions of Autumn.
I would like to thank the New Zealand Poetry Society for regularly listing my competitions on their site.
See also my book How To Write A Winning Poem available on Kindle this contains by observations of what makes a poem stand out from the others and become a winner. Please check out the books section on this site.